Local schools try for federal grant money

Kanawha County schools are applying for $25 million in federal Race to the Top education funds. The money would be aimed at cutting down on the high school dropout rate and instillinga a career-minded mentality early on by exposing students to things like auto mechanic and other trade-based skills sets while they're still in elementary school. Kanawha County will request their share of $400 million in federal funds under President Obama's Race to the Top program later this month, and there are plans to start internships with local businesses. You may also see career fairs at middle-schools and revised course material that is more career-focused. The grant money is awarded in December.